Thursday, March 27, 2014

Caring about the elderly?

According to the report by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation think tanks, some 245,855 fewer older Britons received help with carrying out everyday activities such as bathing, dressing and eating in 2012-13, compared to 2009-10, showing a 26 percent drop.

The number of vulnerable older people receiving "meals on wheels" services has fallen by 59 percent over the same period.

Moreover, the study indicated that spending on home and day care service by councils and funding for meals has fallen by 23 percent and 46 percent respectively in recent years.

"Our analysis paints a picture of increased rationing of social care by hard-pressed local authorities in response to deep cuts from central government, despite the growing numbers of older people in the population,” said Holly Holder, a co-author of the report at the Nuffield Trust.

Age UK charity said that spending on social care for older people has fallen by 1.2 billion pounds since the coalition took office in 2010 despite significant increases in the number of people aged 65 and over in Britain.

1 comment:

Senior Care in Queens NY said...

Interesting article. I wish more people cared for the elderly with more compassion. They deserve the world, they've seen it all..